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Celebrating the Poetry Contest Finalists with Teri Ellen Cross Davis

Poet Teri Ellen Cross Davis reads in the company of the 2017 Pratt Library / Poet Lore Poetry Contest finalists — Stephen Zerance, James Carroll, Dewey N. Fox, and Robert Schreur.

Teri Ellen Cross Davis is the author of Haint, a finalist for the 2017 Ohioana Poetry Book Award, a Cave Canem fellow, and a member of the Black Ladies Brunch Collective. She coordinates the O.B. Hardison Poetry Series for the Folger Shakespeare Library in Washington, D.C. Her website is www.poetsandparents.com.

Contest winner Stephen Zerance is the author of the chapbook Caligula’s Playhouse (Mason Jar Press, 2016). His poems have appeared in West Branch, Prairie Schooner, Quarterly West, Assaracus, and Knockout, among others. He has also been featured on the websites of Lambda Literary and Split This Rock. He received his MFA from American University, where he received the Myra Sklarew award. His debut collection will be appearing from Indolent Books in 2018. Stephen lives in Baltimore, MD.

Runner-up James Carroll is a retired landscaper currently living in Easton, Maryland. Born in Texas, he grew up in Silver Spring and graduated from George Washington University. Jim enjoys writing about nature and natural events. Since he moved to the Eastern Shore last year, he has been thrilled to watch the eagles, herons, and other birds in the area. Married for almost 45 years, he is the proud father of one daughter, Lisa.

Runner-up Dewey N. Fox is a poet who was born where the Susquehanna River meets the Chesapeake Bay. A sportswriter for many years, he is a graduate of the University of Baltimore's MFA program. His work has appeared in Baltimore Style, Beltway Poetry Quarterly, and The Avenue Literary Journal. He wants the Orioles to win the World Series.

Runner-up Robert Schreur works in community psychiatry at Johns Hopkins Bayview and as a psychotherapist in private practice in Towson. A volume of his selected poems, Still and All, is forthcoming in 2017.

Listen to "Letdown" by Teri Ellen Cross Davis.
Read "True Crime" by Stephen Zerance.
Listen to "Nick's Diner" by James Carroll at 24:43.
Read "Trimming Plastic Flowers" by Dewey N. Fox.
Read "Threshing" by Robert Schreur.
Learn more about Poet Lore.

Pictured clockwise from top left: Stephen Zerance, Robert Schreur, James Carroll, Teri Ellen Cross Davis, and Dewey N. Fox.

Tuesday, August 15, 2017 at 6:30pm to 8:00pm

Maryland State Library for the Blind & Physically Handicapped (LBPH)
415 Park Ave, Baltimore, MD

Event Type

Writers LIVE!, Poetry

Age Group

Adults, Seniors

Compass Category


Event Publisher

Judy Cooper, Deb Taylor

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